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Graduate School for the Continuity Professional

Written by  DR. TOM PHELAN

While college degree programs are growing in number in emergency management and homeland security, there are relatively few in business continuity planning. Yet, business continuity planners are most likely to have undergraduate degrees in specialties in great demand in both the private and public sectors. With experience in the IT shop and an undergraduate degree in information technology, communication, biology, chemistry, health services, criminal justice, or management, the business continuity planner is an excellent candidate for graduate study in crisis management, emergency management, international or global business continuity, or finance.College courses, degrees, and certificate programs in emergency management and homeland security are growing in number in the United States from one in 1983 to more than 150 in 2009. Additional programs are under development. They exist at all levels from associate degree programs to doctoral degree programs. They are becoming increasingly more accessible due to online instructional technology, flexible scheduling,